On Collecting: An Investigation into Collecting in the European Tradition

1st Edition

Susan Pearce

Published March 25, 1999
Reference - 456 Pages
ISBN 9780415075619 - CAT# RU10345
Series: Collecting Cultures

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On Collecting examines the nature of collecting both in Europe and among people living within the European tradition elsewhere.
Susan Pearce looks at the way we collect and what this tells us about ourselves and our society. She also explores the psychology of collecting: why do we bestow value on certain objects and how does this add meaning to our lives? Do men and women collect differently? How do we use objects to construct our identity?
This book breaks new ground in its analysis of our relationship to the material world.


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